Sunday, June 20, 2010

Recipes: Oven-Baked Grilled Cheese

The only draw back to Daiya vegan "cheese" is that it only comes in one form- shredded... which makes it tricky to put in sandwiches (unlike vegan gourmet that comes in a block that you can slice).

Upon rediscovering the beauty that is the midnight snack (I don't think I've indulged in one since college... but with all the late summer nights, long days of sun and swimming, I've been getting more night-time munchie pangs right before bed)... I've become obsessed with the oven-baked Daiya grilled cheese.

This is the perfect solution to putting Daiya on sandwiches (since we don't have a toaster oven), the Oven-Baked Grilled Cheese.

Here's my midnight snack:
Grilled the Tomatoes on top of the cheese, and added dill pickle slices

After whipping this together, I realized this beautiful midnight feast, is the perfect base for any sandwich, 
or "V cheese burger V."

  • Multigrain, Seed-Bread, or any vegan bread of choice
  • Daiya Cheese (I used the Mozzarella flavor)
  • Organic Tomato Slices (placed on top of cheese and baked as well)
  • Condiments of choice (I like Veganese, Organic Ketchup, Siracha hot sauce, and Dijon Mustard)
  • Veggies (Lettuce, Spinach, Avocado, Cucumber, Pickles, Jalapenos etc) of choice.
  • Grilled onions (I sauteed the patties in a frying pan with EVOO, a pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper, and added sliced onion rounds in the same pan, keeping an eye on them and flipping once so both sides slightly brown).
-Baked my open-faced Grilled Cheese in oven at 350 for 10 minutes until cheese melted/bread was at preferred toasted texture.
-Sauteed Patties and Onions while bread/cheese/tomatoes cooked
-Took bread out and stacked everything neatly on top, squeezing condiments generously over the patties and melted chese
-Wrapped sandwich in a large paper towel (folded in half on the diagonal) to hold everything in.

This easy snack/meal can easily be converted into pizza sandwiches... just add some tomato sauce, and toppings of choice (olives, mushrooms, pineapple, roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, whatever) which I'll try out and post soon. Yum!